Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Migration of Post-dated cheques (PDC)/ Equated Monthly Installment (EMI) Cheques to Electronic Clearing Service (Debit)

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has said that no fresh/additional Post Dated Cheques (PDC)/ Equated Monthly Installment (EMI) cheques (either in old format or new CTS-2010 format) shall be accepted in locations where the facility of ECS/RECS (Debit) is available. The existing PDCs/EMI cheques in such locations may be converted into ECS/RECS (Debit) by obtaining fresh ECS (Debit) mandates. Further, Section 25 of the Payment and Settlement Systems Act, 2007 accords the same rights and remedies to the payee (beneficiary) against dishonor of electronic funds transfer instructions under insufficiency of funds as are available under Section 138 of the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881. Considering the protection available, there is no need for banks to take additional cheques, if any, from customers in addition to ECS (Debit) mandates.

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